Saturday, December 02, 2017

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealers 52

Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd are the feature business of this article - number 52 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas

Dunns as distributor 

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd were the distributor for Standard Triumph cars in their area (County Durham excluding Gateshead) for many years and would have supplied vehicles to other garages in their territory. They operated from two premises in Sunderland Wheatsheaf Corner and Roker Avenue.
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
As at September 1956 the dealers supplied included.
  • AUNGERS LTD, Newcastle Road, CHESTER-LE-STREET
  • C R BRADLEY & SONS (Blackhall) Ltd, Coast Road, BLACKHALL
  • T COWIE LTD, Millfield, SUNDERLAND 
  • MOTOR SERVICES (Consett) LTD, Medomsley Road, CONSETT
  • MAIN ROAD GARAGE (East Boldon) LTD, Ashbrooke Terrace, EAST BOLDON
  • MILL GARAGES (Sunderland) LTD, Newcastle Road, SUNDERLAND
  • J McINTYRE & SONS, 83 New Elvet, DURHAM
  • REG. ROSSITER, South End Garage, CROOK
  • F ROUNTHWAITE & SONS, JARROW, HEPBURN and TYNEDOCK
  • WILLIAM SKILBECK LTD, Cliff House Garage, SEAHAM
  • J. F. STROTHER & SON LTD, Holmeside, SUNDERLAND
  • R. & J. SMITH, Pallion Road Garage, SUNDERLAND
  • SYDNEY SPARROW LTD, Four Lane Ends, HETTON-LE-HOLE
  • STREAMLINE GARAGES (South Shields) LTD, 93 Mile End Road, South Shields
By May 1975 they were listed as being distributors for the Rover, Triumph and Land Rover franchises in Sunderland. Became a part of the Dutton Forshaw group. The garage premises at 53-6 North Bridge Street have been demolished and block of student flats (called Dunn House) now stands on the site.
Dunns Garage Street Scence
Dunns Garage Street Scence 1950's
Thanks to Gary Flinn for this copy of a 1950's street scene that includes Dunns Garage. I think this shows 53-6 North Bridge Street.

Roker Avenue

Dunn's Garage (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue
Dunn's Garage (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue
2017 google streetview of former Dunns building
2017 google streetview of former Dunns building
Thanks to John Scarr for his comment: "building formerly Dunn`s garage and showroom in Roker Ave. Showroom windows now bricked up as Tile Giant.  Small island with pumps used to be at the front left corner. Workshop entrance was down George St to the left.  Roller shutter doorway, (now also bricked up) was where the blue car is standing."

Triumph Dealers in Sunderland

April 1951:
Binns Ltd, Union Street, Sunderland
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner

1955
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner. 'Phone: Sales 57666; Service 57067.
+ dealers
R J Smith, Pallion Road Garage. 'Phone 3303.
J F Strother & Son Ltd, Holmeside. 'Phone 4597.
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road. 'Phone 58225

1959:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street. 'Phone: 57666/7
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace phone 70491
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, phone 2623
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, phone 58225, and Ryhope Road phone 57631
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside phone 4597
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell phone 4029

August 1961:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, and Ryhope Road
Mowbray Motors Ltd, Ryhope Road
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell 

February 1965:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell

September 1968:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace,
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
Seaburn S S, Station Road, Fulwell

March 1972:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace, Millfield

March 1974, May 1975:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue, SR6 0BW
+ a branch at Gilesgate Moor, Durham

March 1988:
Distributor - Dutton Forshaw Sunderland, 23 Roker Avenue SR6 0BX
Dealer - Warwick Garage, Warwick Terrace, Silkworth
+ Dutton Forshaw Durham, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2HL

Delivery transporter

Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland, Standard-Triumph Distributors, had their own transporter. It looked very bright in the firm's colours of black and chrome yellow with the Standard-Triumph insignia in blue and white. Here is an reproduction label in the brands black and yellow.

Standard Atlas

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
An Ambulance conversion of a Standard Atlas supplied by Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd to the Red Cross Society, Durham was shown in the Standard Triumph Review for January 1964.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd such as photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas images from Steve Fenna Fenson on facebook; Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960 from Standard Triumph Review Feb 1960; dunns-garages-sunderland-motorcycles-dealer-decals-transfers from www.heortieg.com; Dunns Garage Street Scence 1950's - Gary Flinn; 2017 google streetview of former Dunns building John Scarr.
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